Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Published on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO led a Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act Week of Action this week, part of the Labor Movement’s National Campaign urging U.S. Senators to pass this transformative and bipartisan legislation. This week of action includes at least one event near every U.S. Senator’s Office. “This PRO Act more»
Vice President Kamala Harris ‘Breaks Tie’ On President Biden's Pick For NLRB General Counsel - Former CWA Special Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo Now Confirmed
Published on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (July 21st) narrowly confirmed Union Lawyer Jennifer Abruzzo to a four-year term as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), after Republicans questioned her role in the firing of the Trump-era General Counsel. The Democrat-led Senate voted 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris more»
“Jeff Bezos Forgot To Thank All The Hard-Working Americans Who Actually Paid Taxes To Keep This Country Running While He And Amazon Paid Nothing” - Bezos’ Comments On Workers After Spaceflight Draws Strong Rebuke
Published on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The world’s richest man wanted to say thanks to the people who made his brief trip into space Tuesday (July 20th) possible, but for some, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’ expression of gratitude went over like a lead rocket. “I want to thank every Amazon Employee, and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this,” the more»
The CWA Launches A ‘Big, Nationwide Build Broadband Better’ Campaign - Drive ‘Hopes To Convince Congress To Wire The Entire County & Have Well-Paid Workers With The Right To Organize Do It’
Published on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) have launched a big, nationwide Build Broadband Better drive to convince Congress to wire the entire country -and have well-paid Workers with the right to organize do it. The campaign includes a petition to Congress a TV and Digital Ad campaign, and a Broadband Brigade of current Wireless more»
Published on Monday, July 19, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Citing Civil Rights Leaders the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late Congressman John Lewis, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and a delegation of Texas State Democratic Lawmakers - who left Austin for D.C. to halt a draconian Texas GOP Voter Repression Law - inextricably linked Voting Rights with Worker Rights. more»
Average S&P 500 Company CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio ‘Rises To 299-To-1’ in 2020 - National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler Unveils Annual Executive Paywatch Report, ‘Highlights Nation’s Levels of Vast’ Economic Inequality
Published on Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - 2020’s growth in pay inequity between Workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s National AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report, which was unveiled by the Labor Organization’s Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. The more»
Good News For Labor Unions & Union Members: $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill To Include The PRO Act, ‘Undoing’ State Right-To-Work Laws
Published on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said that the Organized Labor-backed PRO Act will be included in a $3.5 trillion spending package set to be pushed through the Senate by Democrats. When asked by reporters on Wednesday (July 15th) if the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, (PRO Act) would be included in the Democrats’ more»
Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A new President and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress have given new life to a Bill that would restore Union Rights and level the playing field for Workers more than any time since the New Deal reforms that followed the Great Depression. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would mean better wages, benefits and more»
Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Workers, especially Union Workers, should be “front and center” in the battle to reverse global warming, National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says. That especially includes Unionists who build and repair energy infrastructure, such as Members of her home Union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers more»
The Biden Administration Orders The Transportation Security Administration To ‘Expand’ Union Rights & ‘Explore Pay Reform’ For Screeners
Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Biden Administration has taken what it calls a “first step” in its efforts to align the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pay and Personnel System with the rest of the Federal Workforce, a fight Democrats and Unions have pursued legislatively for years. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas more»
Labor Perspective From University Of Minnesota Sociology Professor Tom VanHeuvelen & University Of California, Riverside Public Policy Professor David Brady: New Research Shows Labor Unions ‘Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Poverty’
Published on Monday, July 12, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Business Insider Editor’s Note: Tom VanHeuvelen, assistant professor of sociology, University of Minnesota and David Brady, professor of public policy, University of California, Riverside Belonging to a Union or living in a U.S. State where Organized Labor is relatively strong helps lower the likelihood that you'll fall into poverty, according to more»
The $2 Trillion Plan To Rebuild America - Union Workers ‘Are At The Heart Of The Largest Public Investment Program In Nearly A Century’
Published on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden proposed the largest investment in American infrastructure since World War II at the end of March, introduced by Mike Fiore, a Member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 29 in Pittsburgh. Four weeks later, he renewed his call for the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan from the House floor, more»
Published on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Even with Congress being out of town for its July 4th recess, Union Members and Green groups united to again push for a big-Budget Bill that would promote Unionized “Green” construction and fund “people programs,” such as permanent child care tax credits and Paid Sick and Family Leave for all. The unity, part of more»
Amid Critical Race Theory Controversy, American Federation Of Teachers President ‘Vows Legal Action To Defend’ Teaching Of ‘Honest History’
Published on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The President of the Nation’s second-largest Teachers Union is taking a strong stand against a recent spate of laws that restrict public school lessons on racism, vowing legal action to protect any Member who “gets in trouble for teaching honest history.” American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi more»
Published on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Trumpite Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s U.S. Postal Service delivery cuts are producing more formal protests - and more citizen uproar. Without even bothering to consult the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, which under the law may be powerless to stop him, Republican-donor-cum-Mail Boss DeJoy imposed new more»
National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler: ‘It’s No Coincidence’ Unions & Voting Rights ‘Are Under Attack – Simultaneously’
Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Labor’s strong campaign to preserve and strengthen voting rights, joined by those of Civil Rights, religious, and civic allies, recently took center stage at a key session of the National AFL-CIO’s Northeast Regional meeting for Union Leaders and Activists. But speakers, including National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz more»
Construction Unions ‘Battle Vaccine Reluctance Among Members’ - Researchers Report Almost Half - Union & Non-Union Workers, Combined - Say They ‘Probably Or Definitely Would Not Get Vaccinated Against The Still-Potent’ Coronavirus
Published on Monday, July 5, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Almost half, 46.4%, of U.S. Construction/Extraction Workers - Union and Non-Union, combined - say they probably or definitely would not get vaccinated against the still-potent Coronavirus, a new study shows. That’s the highest refusal rate among all occupations, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh report – more»
Published on Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When I say infrastructure, what do you think of? Sure, there is the traditional stuff like roads, bridges, ports and waterways, but what about the human element? What about the manufacturing jobs behind the infrastructure projects? What about childcare to ensure those Workers can go to work in the first place? What about ensuring more»
The Heat Wave ‘Shows Climate Change Is A Workers' Rights Issue’ - Workers Who Labor Outside In This ‘Extraordinary’ Heat ‘Are On The Front Lines Of The Climate Crisis’
Published on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The end of June saw temperatures soar all around the United States, with historic heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest and excessive heat advisories, watches and warnings elsewhere. The heat is not just uncomfortable, it’s deadly - buckling roads and melting bridges, with temperatures climbing over 120 degrees in Death Valley, California and British more»
The IAM ‘Celebrates’ United Airlines’ ‘Historic’ Investment - United To ‘Hire More Than’ 25,000 Airline Workers & Purchase 200 737 MAX Airplanes
Published on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest Airline and Aerospace Labor Union in North America, released the following statements about United Airlines’ announcement to hire more than 25,000 Airline Workers and purchase 200 737 MAX airplanes. IAM International President more»
Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Intentional employer “misclassification” of Workers as “Independent Contractors” - stripping them of minimum wages, overtime pay, jobless aid, Workers Comp and the right to Unionize, is not just a “Gig Economy” problem, two advocates and a top enforcement official warn. Instead, it’s an more»
Published on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - It’s an idea that dates back to the Nation’s early decades - one largely abandoned after World War II, but made urgent again by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its attendant economic upheavals: The United States is launching an industrial policy. Brian Deese, who serves as the Director of the National Economic Council, laid out more»
Published on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
America’s current Labor Law leaves much to be desired from the Worker’s perspective, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) - but there’s a way to fix it, if Congress decides to act. As just about anyone who has ever tried to organize their workplace can attest, the deck is stacked against them. It’s the more»
Published on Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden announced this week that he intends to nominate a senior Union Lawyer to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as Democrats move to retake control. Biden plans to tap David Prouty, General Counsel of Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, the largest Labor Union for Property Service Workers in more»
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai Tells UAW Members: “We Will Not Incentivize Firms To Move Jobs Overseas”
Published on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Biden Administration said it is working closely with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in pressing Mexico to probe alleged labor rights violations at a General Motors Co (GM.N) plant in that country, and vowed to fight for a worker-focused trade policy. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told Members of the UAW union during a more»
Published on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to limit the amount of non-tip producing work that a Tipped Employee can perform when an employer is taking a Tip Credit. The proposed rule clarifies when an Employee is working in a tipped occupation and when a Worker has performed such a substantial more»
Published on Monday, June 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Almost 16 months and 600,000 deaths after the government officially declared the Coronavirus a pandemic, the Biden Administration issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (EST) forcing health care firms to protect their Workers, now. But the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate only applies to the health more»
Majority Of Voters ‘Support’ The PRO Act - Vox Poll ‘Shows Support For The PRO Act & Public Sector Bargaining & Union Rights’
Published on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act is a transformational Bill that would rewrite Labor Law to give Workers a fairer chance against their bosses. It would do things like outlaw Right-To-Work (for less) and make it easier to get a first contract after organizing. Since this is a Bill that would actually help Workers, Conservatives and business more»
Ransomware Attack Hit Teamsters In 2019, But They ‘Refused To Pay’ - FBI Advised The Union To "Just Pay" The Ransom, According To Sources, But The Teamsters ‘Instead Chose To Rebuild’ Their Computer Network
Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When the Teamsters were hit by a ransomware attack over Labor Day Weekend in 2019, the hackers asked for a seven-figure payment, but unlike many of the companies hit by such high-profile attacks in recent months, the Union declined to pay - despite the FBI's advice to do so, three sources familiar with the previously unreported more»
The Fight To Unionize Amazon Workers ‘Excited’ The Labor Movement, ‘But What Does Their Loss Mean For Union Organizing In 2021?’
Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
PublicSource.org Editor’s Note: Nathaniel Pettit is a Freelance Writer and a Labor Movement supporter. This Summer, he’ll be working in the United Steelworkers’ (USW) Organizing Department. When we spoke in late March, veteran Pittsburgh Social Justice Organizer Mel Packer was anxiously awaiting news from Bessemer, Alabama where more»
Published on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect Health Care Workers from exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its ensuing illness, COVID-19. OSHA’s latest ETS applies to Health Care Workers and Emergency Responders who likely will interact with, and care more»
“You Heard Rhetoric From The Last Administration. This Administration Has Stood With Unions Every Step Of The Way.” - National Building Trades Unions Back President Biden’s Full Infrastructure Plan
Published on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Aware that the pressure must be raised for passage of President Joe Biden’s proposed Infrastructure Plan, the National AFL-CIO’s Building Trades Unions, at a one-day virtual legislative conference, backed the President’s original $2.2 trillion plan. “This year has been unlike any other,” National more»
Labor Perspective From AFGE National President Everett Kelley: ‘Strong’ Unions ‘Make For Better’ Workplaces - Biden Is ‘Doing More To Strengthen Worker Rights Inside The Federal Government Than Any President In A Generation’
Published on Friday, June 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The Progressive Editor’s Note: Everett Kelley serves as National President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which is the largest Union representing Federal and D.C. government Employees. President Joe Biden is moving swiftly and decisively to protect and expand Union Rights for Federal Employees, following years of more»
Published on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
LaborNotes.org Editor’s Note: The following was signed by these Labor Leaders & Activists: Ed Bruno, Southern Workers Assembly; Gene Bruskin, National Writers Union; Michael Eisenscher; Peralta Federation of Teachers/American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1603, retired; Jonah Furman, former National Labor Organizer, Bernie 2020; Norine more»
Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a bid to weaken the power of Public Sector Unions, refusing to reconsider a 1984 ruling that lets them serve as the exclusive Bargaining Agent for Workers. The Justices - without comment, rejected an appeal by Jade Thompson, an Ohio High School Teacher who said she has a First Amendment right not more»
Published on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has recalibrated the power dynamics between employers and would-be Employees in favor of Workers - and this shift "could persist for years," The New York Times reports. Why It Matters: With Workers having the upper hand, employers are trying to lure them into the workforce by offering higher wages and more benefits, as well as more»
Published on Monday, June 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
If President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan is going to become reality, it will very likely need the vote of every Democrat in the evenly divided U.S. Senate. That simple fact puts a bright spotlight on West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Moderate Democrat who represents a deep-red Republican state - a place that Donald Trump carried more»
Largest Federal Workers Union ‘Praises’ The Biden Administration’s ‘Move To Expand’ Union Rights & Increase Pay For Transportation Security Administration Workers
Published on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In what is being described as a major victory for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Workers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has directed TSA Administrator David Pekoske to issue a new determination that expands Union Rights for TSA Workers, ensures fairness and due process by extending more»
Workers ‘Should Have The Power To Say No’ - Policy Makers ‘Should Not Ensure A Flood Of Low-Wage Workers For’ America’s Businesses
Published on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Cities and towns are opening back up after their Coronavirus-induced shutdowns. Job vacancies have surged to historic highs. Millions of Americans report that they are looking for work. Yet, employers are struggling to fill available positions, leaving them with no option but to shorten their business’s hours of operation and pay overtime. But more»
Published on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
UCOMM Blog Editor’s Note: Phil Cohen is the Author of Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill One of Donald Trump’s less-documented abuses of power has been his subversion of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB was created by Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal in 1935 to encourage collective bargaining more»
Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As Joe Biden launched his Presidential run, he made an early stop at the Washington headquarters of the National AFL-CIO to meet with its President, Richard Trumka. The former Vice President talked about economic inequality and sluggish wages, analyzing them as a product of the outsize power corporations have over Workers, Trumka more»
Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
How many strikes are there in the United States? It’s a question with obvious importance to Labor Activists, yet there is no readily accessible answer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases an annual Work Stoppage Summary in February that reports on the number of strikes and lockouts over the prior year - but only those that involved at more»
Workers Answer The Alliance For American Manufacturing’s Q&A’s On Infrastructure: They Say They Want “More Work, More Workers.”
Published on Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Biden Administration’s big infrastructure proposal is running into the customary opposition from Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C. But while there will be plenty of coverage of the debate over the contours of this legislation, it’s just as important to hear what Factory Workers think about a potential more»
Truck Driver Unions ‘Push Congress To Regulate Driverless’ Trucks - Labor Groups Propose Framework For ‘Testing, Deployment & Regulation Of Autonomous Vehicles’
Published on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Truck Driver Unions are pushing Federal Lawmakers to create stricter regulations over driverless vehicles, pointing to a spate of recent accidents involving semi-autonomous cars from Waymo, Tesla and Uber. Those crashes have raised questions about the extent to which autonomous vehicles will truly increase equity, transportation more»
President Biden Nominates Union-Side Attorney Gwynne Wilcox To Fill NLRB Seat - The ‘First’ African-American Woman ‘Ever Appointed’ To The NLRB
Published on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden has nominated Gwynne Wilcox to fill the last remaining vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed by the Senate, Wilcox would be the second Democrat on the Board, joining Board Chair Lauren McFerran – who’d been a Member of the NLRB since 2014 and was appointed Chair on January more»
New Face-Mask Rules ‘Put Grocery Workers Back At Center Of Debate’ - UFCW Encourages Supermarkets ‘To Keep’ Mask Requirements ‘In Place Because There's No Easy Way To Tell Whether Someone Is Vaccinated’
Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Supermarket workers are back in the middle of a national conversation about face masks. Many supermarket chains have eased rules for wearing masks in stores since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on May 13th that fully-vaccinated people no longer need to cover their faces indoors. The Kroger Food Chain more»
Labor Perspective From Former U.S. Secretary Of Labor Robert Reich: Workers ‘Matter’ - Eight Lessons We’ve Learned From The Coronavirus Pandemic
Published on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Anchorage Daily News Editor’s Note: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is A Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the Author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. Reich blogs at www.robertreich.org. Maybe it’s wishful thinking to declare the Coronavirus Pandemic over in the more»
"We Have Many Officers On The Fence About Whether To Stay With This Department" - U.S. Capitol Police Union Says More Than 70 Rank-And-File Officers Have Left The Force Since The Deadly January 6th Insurrection
Published on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - More than 70 Rank-and-File United States Capitol Police Officers have resigned or retired since the deadly January 6th insurrection at the Capitol building, their Police Union says. "What keeps me awake at night is not the challenge of hiring and training more Police Officers, but keeping the Officers we have right now," said USCP more»
“This Opportunity To Take A Step Back And Think About What You’re Doing Really Changed My Mind. (It) Made Me Think Long-Term For The First Time.” - ‘Changed’ By The Pandemic, Many Workers ‘Won’t Return To Their Old Jobs’
Published on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW YORK CITY) - There’s a wild card in the push to return to pre-pandemic life: Many Workers don’t want to go back to the jobs they once had. Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced Unemployment Benefits and Stimulus Checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Their former employers are more»
The Public Safety Blueprint For Change Report - The National AFL-CIO Calls For Union Training In Community Relations For Cops
Published on Thursday, May 20, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Labor Movement is attempting to tackle head on the nationwide scourge of police violence and in particular the continued killing by cops of unarmed Black people. Labor Leaders have a vision of an America where large numbers of heavily-armed militarized police are never sent in to serve a summons on an unarmed Black man, like they more»